Arsenal fall short of title, Liverpool in third, Newcastle fourth – Jermaine Pennant predicts Premier League top four with Chelsea, Tottenham and Man United ruled out

    Arsenal will fall short of the Premier League title this season, despite the Gunners possibly topping table when the World Cup begins.

    That’s according to former Gunner Jermaine Pennant, who has also insisted you can’t rule out Liverpool as he gave his prediction for the Premier League top four.

    The Gunners have been dominant this season, but Pennant expects them to be beaten to the title

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    The Gunners have been dominant this season, but Pennant expects them to be beaten to the title

    Can Klopp turn around Liverpool’s mixed start to the season and kick-start their top four fight?

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    Can Klopp turn around Liverpool’s mixed start to the season and kick-start their top four fight?

    Mikel Arteta’s side have enjoyed an electric start to the season, which sees them lead Manchester City at top flight summit heading into the final weekend of fixtures before the winter break.

    It means Arsenal could well be top by Christmas – always a decent indicator of who will be lifting the trophy come May.

    However, Man City are hot on their heels and Pep Guardiola’s stars know a thing or two about winning the tightest of title races – just ask Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.

    Speaking of the Merseysiders, they have not been themselves so far this term, with their Jekyll and Hyde form seeing them sit eighth.

    Despite their lack of consistent results, though, they remain just seven points adrift of fourth place Tottenham and have a game in hand.

    Pennant was asked who he believes will finish in the top four this season, and insisted Liverpool are not out of the race.

    Ex-Premier League star Pennant offered his verdict on the top four race

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    Ex-Premier League star Pennant offered his verdict on the top four race

    And he predicted Newcastle to maintain their impressive form, with Eddie Howe’s high-flying Magpies currently in a Champions League spot – where the former winger believes they will stay.

    “Champions: Man City. Runners-up: Arsenal. Third place: Liverpool. Fourth place: Newcastle,” the former Gunners and Reds ace told the Sports Bar on talkSPORT.

    “No Champions League for Spurs because… well, they’re Spurs! They can’t stop conceding goals. 

    “Top four for Spurs? Absolutely not. It’s like they’re two different teams in the first and second-half. That’s going to run out. Speak to the fans. They’re not happy with how their team is playing. It’s ugly.

    “No Champions League for Chelsea, because Graham Potter doesn’t know what team he’s playing every week, he doesn’t know his best formation yet, and he’s not going to find that out any time soon. He could actually be the next manager sacked.

    Tottenham are fourth but may consider themselves lucky to be there due to their performances

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    Tottenham are fourth but may consider themselves lucky to be there due to their performances

    Potter is taking his time to find the right system to fit his players at Chelsea

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    Potter is taking his time to find the right system to fit his players at Chelsea

    Newcastle have enjoyed a brilliant start to the campaign

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    Newcastle have enjoyed a brilliant start to the campaign

    “And Manchester United? Get out of here. You might as well say Blackburn Rovers can get into the top four. It’s not going to happen. They are miles off it.

    “You can’t write off Liverpool. Yes, they’ve given themselves too much to do to challenge Man City and Arsenal, but not to get into the Champions League places. If they win their game in hand they’ll only be six points off.

    “If Liverpool beat Southampton comfortably and perform well, we’re back in the fight. We’re seeing them put in good results but then lose against lower teams in the following game. So we need to see a bit more consistency.

    Klopp’s side have enjoyed wins over Man City and in-form Napoli this season, but have struggled against the smaller teams

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    Klopp’s side have enjoyed wins over Man City and in-form Napoli this season, but have struggled against the smaller teams

    “No other teams beat Man City, but Liverpool did. So we know we’re up there with the elite. We know we can beat the biggest teams.

    “Our midfield isn’t great, but don’t worry, January is coming. Salah is back, FSG has put the club up for sale, we can get new owners in and make some top signings in January.

    “Once we figure things out and Klopp makes a few tweaks here and there, we will be back on track.”

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